This year, Facebook was listed as Glassdoor's top place to work in 2018, beating out other tech and social media giants by a fairly wide margin when it came to things like work environment, worker satisfaction, and overall employee experience. Naturally, then, Facebook has garnered a reputation for being a strong advocate for its employees and their respective growth.

Facebook's chief operating officer -- and pioneering woman in tech -- Sheryl Sandberg, explained what it was exactly they looked for in their employees when hiring workers. And surprisingly, it's not just previous work experience.

"Skills are more important than experience," she said in an interview with Glassdoor. "So, I would rather take a total superstar in another area and move them into a new job, than take someone who hasn't performed as well but has the right experience."

The reason for such an unconventional approach to hiring?

According to Sandberg, even though there are jobs that require a certain level of experience, she's found that "people with great skills can do more things well." So, when managing Facebook -- and recruiting for talent to bring to the team -- she looks for people who have more natural demonstrated skill than simply an arsenal of past experience.

Often, of course, that process happens simply by identifying people's strengths and propelling them in directions where they'll able to execute on those skills. Rather than just looking for people who are able to complete a predetermined number of tasks, Sandberg expressed that she felt that helping people grow was a crucial part of attracting and retaining top talent.

She felt that "some companies spend an awful lot of time...telling people what they're not good at, and trying to make them better," she shared. "We try to shift the focus onto strengths and spend more of our time identifying what people are good at, and finding jobs for them that play to their strengths."

Through her words, it's clear that Facebook knows how to emphasize worker strengths and keep its employees growing. So, maybe looking for skills -- in lieu of experience -- is the best way to propel worker satisfaction to the forefront, and keep the company thriving.

Published on: Dec 15, 2017